June 12, 2014
Rik Mayall's wife claims 'acute cardiac event' killed comedy actor
Comments follow inconclusive coroner's report
Rik Mayall's wife has claimed that her husband died following a routine morning run.
Barbara Robbins said that the comedy actor "suffered an acute cardiac event" on Monday (June 9). Her comments followed the results of a coroner's report earlier today which came back inconclusive. Further tests will be required to establish the official cause of death.
In a statement given to BBC News, Robbins said: "We now know that our darling Rik suffered an 'acute cardiac event' at our home around midday on June 9. He had just returned from his usual run and many people had seen him that morning."
Meanwhile, Mayall's daughter Bonnie spoke about her father in an emotional Facebook post in which she paid tribuet to her a man she described as "generous, foul-mouthed and hysterical father."
"My dad was loved not only by my family, but by many many others. We will never forget him and neither will the world," she wrote. "RIP to the man, the myth, the legend. My idol now and forever. We love you daddy."
Mayall was confirmed dead at his home in London earlier this week. The actor is best known for his role as Rick in The Young Ones while he also appeared in Blackadder, The New Statesman and created the hit sit-com Bottom with Ade Edmondson.
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